Son of man, behold, I take away from you the desire of your eyes with a stroke: yet neither shall you mourn nor weep, neither shall your tears run down.
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George Leo Haydock
Stroke; pestilence, or sudden death. This would make the loss of a dear wife still more afflicting. Yet such distress will fall upon the whole nation, (Calmet) and misery shall increase so much, that a private loss will be almost forgotten. (Haydock)
Curæ leves loquuntur, graviores silent. (Seneca, Troad.)
When a loss is foreseen, it is more easily borne. Private calamities sink in public ones. (Worthington)